About

Welcome to Stamps-n-Lingers!  I am a Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator and I am completely hooked on the company and their product and their mission!

We live in Fayetteville, GA – which, if you’re unfamiliar, is a suburb of Atlanta.  We can get from our door to the airport in about 20 minutes (depending on traffic – well, if you know Atlanta, you know that EVERYTHING is dependent on traffic!!).  Somehow, we were blessed to find a lovely acreage this close in, and we (my husband, Wayne, and I) share it with two completely rotten miniature panthers (okay – they’re really Domestic Short Hair cats, but…they THINK they’re panthers, so….) – Katy and Leo; Finn – our Australian Shepherd who has gained a pretty huge Finn-Fan base…

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…and three horses. Our horses consider us their “staff” – which, indeed, we are!  Bo, Cerah and Cady pretty much run our lives and dictate our schedules.  But, it’s a benign dictatorship, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything!

Horses having a swim

My life has encompassed a career in the Air Force, a follow-on (and ongoing) military support job, and a stint as a Pampered Chef consultant.  I’m an aviator, a teacher, a horse trainer, a would-be-chef, a reluctant housekeeper, a Square-Foot Gardener, a prepper (okay – I own a dehydrator and have managed to grow and dry enough food to last about a week when the zombie apocalypse comes….), a card-maker, a reader-of-novels, and (let’s face it) a couch potato.  I’m not one of those people who claim “I just don’t watch TV” or “I just can’t sit around doing nothing” or “I just have to stay busy”.  Nope.  I like watching “my shows”.  Preferably on the DVR without any commercials.  So – I didn’t pick crafting to give my overly busy hands something to do, or to take up my evenings.  I picked it purely because I love the “stuff” that goes with and into it, and I love the end results that I can make with just some paper and ink and a little bling.

If you’re interested in learning more about Stampin’ Up or about any of their products, drop me a line!  I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator!

Our good dog, Buck, went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 – but he’ll be in our hearts forever.  Rest well, buddy.  We’ll see you when we get there!

Buck Original

 

42 Comments

42 thoughts on “About

  1. Melanie R

    Love your bio… I am also an aviator, thanks to my father. I arrived here at your blog via Amy Koenders so am adding your blog to my faves so I can drop in every few days and see your lovely creations.

    • Thanks for coming by – always nice to meet a fellow aviator! Appreciate you checking out my site, and setting me as a fave. Thanks so much.

  2. Love your down to earth site. Found you on Splitcoatstampers with your 3 leaves/Happy Scenes card. Daughter of an AF aviator, wife of an AF R & D missleman. Feel the kindred spirit. Love my downtime too. Also Love SU and it’s great products. Am a demonstrator in CA. You are in my FAVs now. Will be checkin’ in.

  3. Mom

    Great write-up. Love the photos. Don’t know why I never saw it until now…😕

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  5. Love your bio and your Artistically Asian card. I’ll use it for inspiration for one of the projects for my Monday classes. I love your horses too! The sweet life!! 🙂

  6. Bette S

    Love your down-to-earth style too, Mary. Sorry, no aviator blood in me unless you consider all the trips I’ve made to Atlanta when my daughter and her family lived there and now Tampa, Fl. I’m not a demonstrator but I love SU products. I belong to a small group of gals that meet monthly and have a great demo with so much talent (Nancy Morris). And then a smaller group of us meet monthly for a card exchange. I follow several other demo blogs and that’s how I found you and so glad I did. Love your creations! They are all so awesome!! Would love to ask what does TTFN stand for? Keep up the good work – I love it!

  7. Hi, Bette! Thanks for taking time to write! Maybe we’re all aviators somewhere down deep… Sounds like you have a great group of ladies and a fun and talented demo!! I’m so glad that y’all have such fun with this great product! 🙂 And…TTFN: Ta Ta For Now. It’s what Tigger says from Winnie the Pooh! 🙂

  8. Marcia Lawhorn

    Hi Mary..My name is Marcia Lawhorn from Rochelle Illinois. I don’t fly anything but my ex husband loved to fly so I learned to love it also flying in his restored stearman..Open cockpit..So fun. I am a retired x-ray technician although mammography was my love. Now I love stamping up and love sending some sunshine into people’s lives. Thanks for sharing your love and talent. Looking forward to checking in on your creations !

    • Oh my goodness, Marsha – an open Stearman!! How cool is that?!?! Thank you for your kind words about my projects – so happy to share with everyone! Handmade cards do make people happy, I know! Glad that you’re sending the love one card at a time! 🙂

  9. Kathy Beaver

    Hi, Mary. Got on your blog to look for when you’ll do your next live Facebook tute. Had to find out more about you. We have a lot in common: former AF, current SU demo, I love all things AF especially the new go fasts (including Blackbirds that are not around anymore) and the old biggies like KC135 and B52 that my Dad took care of in his 30 years (yes, I’m a brat!). My sweetie and I watch lots of shows we record on DVR as we hate commercials. We have an abhorrence of sit coms and reality shows and talent contests. Hope I can find you tonight. TTFN

    • Now that’s cool, Kathy!! I miss the airplanes – hearing them and seeing them fly. The commercial planes that go over just aren’t the same! We do differ a little – Wayne and I do like America’s Got Talent. 😉 Nice to “meet” you, Kathy!! Thanks for taking time to tell me a little about yourself – and for joining me on the video! 🙂

  10. Robin Hill

    Mary I just have to say that your video commentary is some of the best I’ve heard! I watched several of your videos today and really enjoyed them. Love your cards. I also am an AF veteran (though not an aviator), a new SU demonstrator (although I have been making cards for several years), and currently work for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Just wanted to say hi and say how much I enjoy your videos. I can’t believe you pack up and travel with so much stuff!!

    • Thank you so much for saying that, Robin – I still cringe when I hear it. I’m glad that you don’t have that same reaction! Thank you so much for your service – and your continued service – to our country! 🙂 And yes. It’s a little cray cray, I’m pretty sure. But…not having it for that long? Cray-cray-ER!! Appreciate you stopping by and introducing yourself! 🙂

  11. Hi Mary…just came across your blog. I love your sense of humor and honesty. Your dog Finn is very handsome!! Is he an Aussie? I have one, he’s a blue Merle. I am a demo also and I too enjoy all that encompasses Stampin up. Love your work, keep it coming!

    • Hey Sandy – thanks so much! Appreciate the kind words. Yes, Finn’s an Aussie – just over a year old. He’s my first Aussie – and is quite a trip! I bet you guy is gorgeous! Thanks – hope to see you around! 🙂

  12. Jean Goerlach

    Hi Mary,
    I came across your videos on YouTube and have become addicted to your projects. My husband is a Vietnam Vet having served in Special Forces in the AF. I have been stamping for about 10 years and totally addicted to Stamping Up. I recently became a demonstrator and look forward to many great years of stamping. While we don’t have any dogs, we are proud parents to 3 felines “Sammi”, “Kaboodle” and “Misty” who totally rule our household. Thanks for sharing what you love with all of us. You are so down-to-earth in your videos and I love watching and stamping with you.

    • First off, Jean – please thank your husband for his service! And the same to you – our spouses put up with so much as we serve. Y’all serve right along beside us! 🙂 Secondly – thank you so very much for your kind words!! They really do mean a lot to me – videos take a little effort and it’s so nice when folks say they’re enjoying them! Finally – welcome to Stampin’ Up! I really think they provide us with the best tools there are for doing this crazy thing we love!! Thank you again, Jean! 🙂

      • Jean Goerlach

        Mary,
        Thank you for your response. And let me say thank you to you for YOUR service and for all that you provide in the way of your creativity. I love love love watching your videos and Facebook when you are live on it. You are so down to earth and very amusing and entertaining with your comments. I enjoy your projects and your interaction with your followers. Stampin Up products have become addictive to me as I recently retired and among my other activities I look forward to all the projects that consultants publish which give me ideas. Who knew there was life after an 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m workday. LOL!

      • Hey Jean – yep. It’s addictive stuff! It’s the biggest reason I joined up! I wanted everything. EVERYthing!! So I NEEDED that discount! LOL!! I’m planning to get rid of my retirement 8 – 6 job soon…probably next summer! Really looking forward to being a “true” retiree!! Thanks so much – I’m tickled that you’re watching and enjoying my videos!! 🙂

  13. Carol Carriveau

    I think you are hysterically funny and love your sense of humor – I caught the cat card on You Tube and you sound like me…freely admitting that the “Not Me Ghost” likes to move things around on your table and you are not a perfect card maker….. It was a struggle to find your blog, but I did and have signed up two times cuz I thought I would get the confirming email sooner…sorry! Will have to be more patient! Hard to do at times! I found another of your gals on a blog hop and have decided to follow her as well. Looking to seeing your blog posts and listen to you – I live in CA and am a demo as well, for about 6 years now… NO website…just me and a few customers!.Have the Cat Bundle and will play tomorrow with it at a friend’s home. Thank you for being so honest and funny…..I look forward to following you!

    • Well – thank you so much, Carol! I really appreciate your kind words. “Perfect card maker” – I suppose there is such a person…somewhere… ?? But surely not at this house. LOL. I’m sorry the confirmation e-amil took a bit – I didn’t know it did that (it’s an auto-generated thing!). But so pleased that you persisted and are now following me! I hope I’ll live up to that! Thanks again! 🙂

  14. Ginger McDonald

    Hi Mary, I’m not sure how I found my way to you but I’m super happy I did. I LOVE your laid back style & the cards you put together. Watching you always leaves me with the thinking “don’t sweat the small stuff” You’re so calm and if something happens or gets misplaced you just roll on with a sense of humor and it works out beautifully. Card making should be fun & relaxing & you show me that it is, not to mention you make it entertaining as well. I too often worry about the little things a smudge or any number of other “oops” that can go wrong. THANK for showing me to “CHILL” and have fun doing it myself like I have fun watching you create.

    • Gosh, Ginger – what a wonderful thing to say! It lets me know that I’m succeeding in my goal to teach and entertain! I do have so much fun doing those videos and to know that y’all are enjoying them as much just means the world to me! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Happy Stamping!! 🙂

      • Ginger McDonald

        it is I who must say THANK YOU to you, for your taking time to respond to me, I know you are super busy especially right now. You are absolutely succeeding in your goal to teach and entertain. I love watching someone that makes it’s very clear that they are doing something they love & when I watch you I totally get the feeling. Thanks for inspiring me !!

      • You are so welcome – and thanks, Ginger! 🙂

  15. Eunice Stoneman

    Hi Mary. I happened upon your videos on youtube before Christmas when I was looking for a tutorial for a z-fold card. I watched several of your videos and really enjoyed the casual, relaxed manner in which you spoke and created. You sound so ‘down to earth’. I am glad that I found your blog, and have learned a little more about you. I loved the cards you made on the videos and look forward to seeing more. I have been making cards for a few years, thanks to my awesome demonstrator Heather Cooper, who encouraged me to ‘keep going’. I find it so rewarding to sit down with some paper, punches, stamps and ink and end up with a card that I feel good about sending to a special someone in my life. I ‘pack up’ a lot of my craft supplies and take them along with me when we go out in our 5th wheel. It is so relaxing to sit beside a lake and make cards. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your videos. Maybe some Sunday I will be able to catch your facebook live. I am on the west coast, so will have to figure out the time difference.

    • Hi, Eunice! Thank you so much for your kind words! I have to NOT compare my videos to other demos – their’s seem to profesisonal and “right” that I wonder about how I do mine. But…it’s my hour to connect to folks, and I always hope that everyone is enjoying the time and learning a little something at the same time! So it’s nice to hear when someone tells me it’s working for them!! 🙂 Making cards by a lake…sounds like heaven! And one day…perhaps will be my locale! I hope you can join me some Sunday night – 8pm Eastern is 5pm Pacific! Thank you again!! 🙂

  16. Eunice Stoneman

    Thank you for the time conversion. I had figured it out to be either 4 pm or 5 pm. Making cards by a lake is very relaxing, unless you get free range cattle coming into your camp site to critique your cards. That only happened once, fortunately. The birds and squirrels are usually a little more respectful of my personal space, lol. I retired last year, so I hope to spend a lot more time crafting in a campsite by a lake.

  17. Twila Franklin

    Hi, Mary, I just found your site and love it. I will “favorite” it and stop by often. I am excited to make the barn door. Your commentary is awesome. So easy to follow. I am a SU demo sort of. Thank you so much for sharing. Twila

    • Thanks so much, Twila! I appreciate it and am glad that you found my site! Feel free to sign up to follow the blog and then you’ll get an e-mail every time I post! 🙂

  18. Stephanie Briggs

    Hi , Mary!
    I love your bio just like I love your videos!!! You remind me of a great friend!
    I am a demo for a year now , card maker since 2002 with a break for a few years in the middle. Linda Heller encouraged me to sign up last saleabrat ion. My friends all encouraged me to also do classes, so I find my self doinng that . Cause as working a full time job, a Pampered chef consultant, mother of 2 teens and a Pastors wife I needed something else to do ! 🙂 lol
    So this long note started to ask what does the Lingers mean in Stamps and Lingers?? I read your bio hoping to learn, I asked once in a live video but don’t think I saw the comment. Inquiring minds need to know!:) I think there are others who also must want to know:) at least the night I asked I had others say good question. I wonder if it has to do with your aviation job?
    Thanks for your awesome and great commentary videos!! Keep them coming!
    Your fan Stephanie

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks for reaching out! “Lingers” – pronounced like ringer not like “lingering at the mall” – is what we call our Haflinger ponies. The Lingers. So – when I started my business, I wanted to combine my two loves – the Lingers and stamping….hence Stamps-N-Lingers! It made sense at the time!! Sorry i missed the question on the live video – the comments tend to scroll out of sight! 🙂

  19. Maryanne Willequer

    Hi, Mary! I finally got into your blog tocheck out the color charts, which you mentioned on tonite’s live presentation. Glad i happened upon this page! My husband is retired AF (out of Nellis AFB) here in Las Vegas. I love your cards and have recommended you to my best friend! Glad to know the meaning of ‘lingers”. Keep providing us with great cards!

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Maryanne! Glad you were able to find the color charts! And – thanks to your husband (and to you!) for your service! Thanks for the nice compliment, too! 🙂

  20. seldenski

    Hi Beth…I arrived at your site searching for something to do with the Tutti Fruitti cards and envelopes….I have been stampin on and off since 1998….. then I started to read about Finn……I hope he continues to be on the road to recovery!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Toni

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Toni! Glad you found me – and I appreciate the kind words about Finn! 🙂

  21. Nicola Lubbe

    Hi Mary, always a pleasure to watch your videos. I love your banter and all your beautiful works of arts. And of course, Finn! Keep up the great work and enjoy the cruise!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Nicola – I’m really tickled that you enjoy the videos!! 🙂

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